‘Glee’ spoilers and more from cast and crew
By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Hearts and minds and Hollywood changing? Let’s hope so!
The new issue of ‘Entertainment Weekly’ features Chris Colfer and Darren Criss of ‘Glee’ on the cover and investigates the history of gay teens on TV — from the angsty Rickie on ‘My So-Called Life’ to sensitive-soul Jack on ‘Dawson’s Creek’ to the slew of ground breaking characters on ‘Degrassi.’
The magazine talks to the producers who fought for such progress, the actors who held the career-defining roles, and the activists who cheer recent advances — but are still pushing for more.
* Colfer, on his wildly flirtatious version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Criss, which became the most downloaded track off the ‘Glee’ Christmas album: “That was by far the gayest thing that has ever been on TV, period,” Colfer says. “Forget ‘AbFab,’ forget ‘Beautiful People’ and ‘Will & Grace.’” Adds creator/exec producer Ryan Murphy: “I was proud of that. I think it pushed the envelope a bit.”
* ‘My So-Called Life’ creator Winnie Holzman, on ABC’s reaction to Rickie as a character when the show premiered in 1994: “The thing I got the most pushback about was in the pilot, when he puts eyeliner on in the girls’ bathroom. I remember I mentioned ‘The Crying Game,’ which had just come out, and Michael Jackson wearing eyeliner [to convince the network]. So they went with it.”
* ‘The O.C.’ (and ‘Gossip Girl’) exec producer Stephanie Savage on the short-lived romance between Marissa (Mischa Barton) and girlfriend Alex (Olivia Wilde) in 2005, during the height of network censorship fears (after the Janet Jackson Super Bowl incident): “We could’ve had more support in terms of making that a long-term story line. There were definitely some questions about how long we were doing
this story. And we did have to do some editing to make kisses shorter and pull back on some physicality of the characters.”
Also, I have some ‘Glee’ spoilers for you courtesy of former ‘Entertainment Weekly’ columnist Michael Ausiello who now has founded his own site: TV/Line.
If you don’t want to know, then this is your official SPOILER ALERT!
Question: Got any ‘Glee’ spoilers — specifically Kurt/Blaine-related? —Ami
Ausiello: It’s time for Blaine to meet the parent! Mike O’Malley told me at the Golden Globes that there’s a big episode coming up where Burt is introduced to Blaine for the first time. “It’s a great story,” he said. “I just got the script.”
Question: When, when, when will ‘Glee‘s’ Kurt return to McKinley High?! I love Blaine, but need Kurt back with New Directions! —Diane
Ausiello: Chris Colfer’s on and off-screen BFF Amber Riley (Mercedes) feels your pain. “I want him to come back so bad,” she tells me. “I miss him.” Although she’s sad for herself, Riley admits the “storyline Chris is having at the other school is amazing. And I love the Warblers. I’m a big fan of their music. Maybe I should transfer over there? Mercedes could shave her head and pretend to be a boy.” Maybe save that for Season 7.
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